Breastfeeding or bottle-feeding has always been a subject for debate for many people. One side says breastfeeding is the way to go, while the other side believes bottle-feeding is the ways to go. Even though both sides have their disagreement, they both can agree the baby’s well-being plays an important role in their decisions. They both have many differences but very few similarities between the two. Breastfeeding have quite a few benefits for the mother and the baby. Colostrum is a substance which is first produced before a mother makes her milk.
It protects the infant from illness for the mother and avoids illness they might have been exposed to. (Burton, 2010) Babies who are breastfed have the less chance of developing respiratory and digestives issues than a bottle-fed baby. (Burton, 2010) It saves time and money because formula costs money plus buying bottles also cost money. (Burton, 2010) Also, helps the mother lose weight and reduces ear infections for the infant early on.
(Burton, 2010) When a baby is six months and is still breastfeeding studies show immunizations are far more effective. Burton, 2010)
Studies have shown women who breastfeed their infants until they are six months, show lower risk of having high blood pressure. (The Province, 2011) Breast milk has been shown to help a baby’s brain develop more correctly (The Province, 2011) . It’s naturally full of vitamins and minerals to help the infant progress appropriately. (EarthTalk: Cleaning up China; breast milk vs. formula, 2010) “Human milk is made for human infants and it meets all their specific nutrient needs” says Dr.
Ruth Lawrence”. (EarthTalk: Cleaning up China; breast milk vs. ormula, 2010) Obesity, diabetes and asthma incidences are very low in breastfed babies as they are growing up. (EarthTalk: Cleaning up China; breast milk vs. formula, 2010) Lastly breastfeeding is a great way for infant and mother to bond.
There are benefits and disadvantages for just about everything in life; breastfeeding has its shortcomings. Breastfeeding may cause pain to the mother her on nipples if the baby is not latched on or suckling correctly. (Burton, 2010) Babies who are breastfed more than a year are at higher risk for infections and so is the mother. Burton, 2010) There are certain things a mother cannot eat or drink when breastfeeding; they may harm the baby. The feedings are more frequent and can take up quite a bit of time. The mother’s breast may not produce enough milk for the infant, but that rarely happens. With breastfeeding a mother cannot tell how much milk their baby is receiving or if it’s too much or too little. Breastfeeding may cause a mother to have hormonal instability since she is losing some nutrients. Bottle-feeding also have its benefits for the mother and child at the same time.
It can be very comforting for the infant while he or she is feeding. (Geddes, 2011) The bottle has measurements on it so you can see how much food your baby is eating and receiving. (Geddes, 2011) “Bottle feeding can provide an emotional closeness and nurturing similar to breastfeeding “. (Geddes, 2011) Anyone can feed the infant if the mother is not available to do it. (Geddes, 2011) When bottle feeding the feedings are less frequent because it’s not easily digested as fast as breast milk.
A mother bottle feeding do not have to worry about their diet; they can eat and drink whatever she wants. Bottle-feeding can be done in public without having the mother exposing her breast. Looking up the shortcomings of bottle feeding and there are quite a few. Bottle feeding is very costly and will add up eventually. (Geddes, 2011) Sometimes a baby can get overfed because they might drink the whole bottle instead of half. (Geddes, 2011) Studies have shown babies who are bottle fed up to twenty- four months at higher risks of obesity. Xinhua News Agency, 2011) The bottles can mess up the way a child’s teeth grows and cause rapid tooth decay. (Geddes, 2011) “Infants who are bottle fed face a higher risk of developing a serious intestinal condition that can lead to surgery”. (Bottle-Feeding May Raise Baby’s Risk for Intestinal Trouble, 2013) Toxins has been found in bottles which can lead to breast cancer and early puberty. (Bottle-Feeding May Raise Baby’s Risk for Intestinal Trouble, 2013) Antibodies found in breast milk are not found in formula from bottle feeding.
Bottle feeding can lead to producing gas and constipation in babies at an early age. It takes time for the person to prepare the bottle for feeding. Lastly bottle-feeding do not have the natural nutrients that breast milk have in it. (Burton, 2010) Breast feeding and bottle feeding do have their similarities but have way more differences. They both can be time consuming and not be time consuming at the same time. Bottle and breast feeding for a prolonged period of time can be bad for the infant in the long run.
They are both very nurturing for the infant and provide nutrients for the infant. Some even put breast milk in the bottles because it can be the best of both worlds. (Geddes, 2011) Comparing and contrasting breastfeeding and bottle feeding you can see the rewards and drawbacks for both of them. It’s up to an individual to see what is best for their infant or child. Either way there are benefits no matter which way they chose to go. Breast feeding and bottle feeding will always be up for debate as long as people have different opinions about it.